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Updates from WCS




WCS courses will officially launch in OWL Brightspace in Fall 2025

Until then, we will continue using our existing system, ensuring no impact on your current courses.

As a WCS instructor, you can disregard any communications from the OWL Migration Team unless you teach on campus. In such cases, we suggest you contact your respective faculty for guidance. 



Amrit Ahluwalia named new executive director

Continuing higher ed expert has been named the new executive director of Western Continuing Studies (WCS), effective March 25.

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LINKEDIN - July 25

Stay connected

To help you connect, collaborate and network with fellow Western Continuing Studies instructors, learners and alums, we have launched a LinkedIn Company page.

Please add your Western Continuing Studies instructor role to your LinkedIn profile to let your connections know about your experience, skills and accomplishments. 

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Western selects Brightspace as next Learning Management System

The selection of Brightspace represents a significant investment by Western to enrich the future of teaching and learning, as well as support and enable strategic growth for more than 40,000 learners and thousands of instructors and staff.  

Western is dedicated to supporting you throughout the transition process. More information on the implementation and migration plan will be available over the coming weeks and months, with the new OWL expected to take flight in Spring 2024.

For ongoing project updates, visit and email if you have any questions.



New Instructor Monthly Newsletter

Starting in May! Whether you are a new or returning instructor, you are part of a community passionate about lifelong learning. Each month, you will find valuable resources and tools to help you learn and grow as an instructor at Western Continuing Studies delivered to your inbox.  



Spark Session - Free to WCS Instructors

Join us for a three-hour Spark Session.

These short skills-based courses are designed to enhance and improve your effectiveness at work and support your professional and career development. The morning starts with coffee and networking, followed by an interactive, skills-focused, results-driven workshop. 

Email to register


OWL Migration Project - March 16

New LMS at Western

We are now in the final stages of the Request for Proposal process to select a new LMS.

We would like to provide clear communication to you as instructors that the current version of OWL will continue to be available for course delivery for Summer 2023 and for the 2023/2024 Fall/Winter Term (September – April). 

While we are targeting the system to be available for Western to begin migrating courses to the new LMS starting in September 2023, there will be no requirement to run courses in the new LMS for Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 (including full year courses).

We look forward to sharing additional details about the OWL Migration Plan after the official selection of the new LMS.  


COVID-19 Campus Update - February 6

Masking Update

Effective February 6, 2023, Western will move from mandating masks in instructional spaces to strongly encouraging masks in crowded indoor spaces like large classes. This move is aligned with the advice of public health. Leaders of research labs will make health and safety decisions based on the appropriate protocols for their lab environment.